15 December 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Massachusetts  – Bee Gees
2 3 9 Timothy  – Four Jacks & a Jill
3 6 5 Come Back When You Grow Up  – Bobby Vee
4 2 8 Timothy  – Carike Keuzenkamp
5 5 7 The Letter  – Box Tops
6 4 8 There is a Mountain  – Donovan
7 7 11 The Last Waltz  – Engelbert Humperdinck
8 13 4 You’ve Not Changed  – Sandie Shaw
9 8 10 I Love You  – Lucille Starr
10 17 3 Shock Wave  – Invaders
11 10 13 Even the Bad Times are Good  – Tremeloes
12 9 7 Look Across the River  – Ian and Ritchie
13 12 6 When Will the Good Apples Fall  – Seekers
14 19 2 Baby Now That I’ve Found You  – Foundations
15 16 4 Carol Corina  – Square Set
16 11 5 I Heard a Heart Break Last Night  – Jim Reeves
17 New 1 All My Love  – Cliff Richard
18 New 1 Daydream Believer  – Monkees
19 New 1 I’m Coming Home  – Tom Jones
20 New 1 Zabadak  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

The number 1 hit was in a state this week, the state of ‘Massachusetts’ by The Bee Gees, and it was enjoying its 2nd week there. The Four Jacks & A Jill’s version of ‘Timothy’, a previous chart topper, was edging its way back to the top, climbing 1 to land at number 2. Carike Keuzenkamp’s version was heading in the opposite direction as it dropped 2 to 4.

With 2 local acts in the top 5, we also had the joy of seeing the biggest climber award coming from within our borders as it was The Invaders’ ‘Shockwave’ that took the honours this week, climbing 7 from 17 to 10. This meant that 6 out of the 12 instrumentals to chart so far had managed to take a biggest climber award at least once.

Sandie Shaw’s ‘You’ve Not Changed’ was the only other star rater this week as it moved up 5 to 8. Shaw was now 3rd on her own for number of star raters by a woman, pulling 1 clear of Virginia Lee, but she was 4 behind 2nd placed Petula Clark and 5 behind leader, Nancy Sinatra.

The biggest faller was Jim Reeves’ ‘I Heard A Heart Break Last Night’ which fell 5 from 11 to 16. This was his 3rd time with the award.

The Tremeloes’ ‘Even The Bad Times Are Good’ enjoyed its 3rd week as the oldest on the charts. It had now been with us for 13 weeks.

Gene Rockwell recorded his worst chart performance to date as ‘Cold Cold Heart’ lasted just 2 weeks with us, both of which were spent at number 20. This was the 6th song to have a chart record like this and the 2nd local one after The Dream Merchant’s ‘Rattler’.

The Bar-Kays didn’t fare much better as their hit ‘Soul Finger’ had also only been with us for 2 weeks, but it did manage to get to 18 during that time.

Contrary to the song’s title, Petula Clark’s chart run with ‘Eternally’ only lasted 9 weeks, the song peaking at 7 during that time. Like Gene Rockwell, however, we were not done with Clark in the charts.

Last to go was The Doors’ ‘Light My Fire’ which burnt for 5 weeks on the top 20 and peaked at 13. They too would return to the top 20.

Cliff Richard would have been forgiven for thinking he was joining the leaders on the hits count list as his 7th song to date, ‘All My Love’ entered the charts at 17. Last week this would have been good enough to join the leaders, however Tom Jones had other ideas as he clocked up his 8th this week. More on Jones’ below. Cliff’s new one was an English version of an Italian song called ‘Solo Tu’ which was first recorded by Orietta Berti in 1967. Peter Callander who had song writing credits on The Tremeloes hit mentioned above as being the oldest, supplied the English lyrics to clock up his 2nd hit on our charts as a song writer. Cliff’s recording of it would give him a number 6 hit in the UK. It was his 43rd UK hit there and the 35th to go top 10 there.

The Monkees climbed into the charts with their 4th hit to date, ‘Daydream Believer’. The song was written by John Stewart from The Kingston Trio and it would give The Monkees the last of their 3 US chart toppers. It would account for 4 of the 12 weeks in total that the band would occupy pole position in the States. The song would also top the Irish and Rhodesian charts and go top 10 in Australia (#2), Austria (#7), Belgium Flanders (#8), Germany (#4), Japan (#4), Norway (#2), Swizterland (#10) and The UK (#5). In 1980 a cover by Anne Murray would go to 12 in the US, 17 in her native Canada and 61 in the UK.

As mentioned above, Tom Jones became the first act to reach 8 hits. His new one, ‘I’m Coming Home’ was the 5th song written by the song writing duo of Les Reed and Barry Mason to chart, so not only did Jones move to the top of the hits count list, but Reed also moved to the top of the hits by a song writer list as his 8 to date (he had 3 others chart where he was not partnered with Mason) equalled the total accumulated by The Stones’ Jagger & Richards. Of Reed’s 8 compositions, only 1 of the previous 7 had been a Tom Jones hit and that was ‘It’s Not Unusual’. The song would be Jones’ 12th UK hit where it managed to get to number 2. In the US it would falter at number 57.

Our final new entry was the first song beginning with the letter ‘Z’ to chart and that was Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘Zabadak’. There would only be 4 songs in total starting with ‘Z’ to chart. The song was the band’s 4th hit to make our top 20. ‘Zabadak’ would be the band’s 8th UK hit and the 6th to go top 10 as it made it to number 3. Elsewhere it would top the Canadian charts, go to 2 in Australia, 3 in Holland and 4 in Rhodesia. British band The Sorrows who had had an SA hit with ‘Take A Heart’ back in 1967, recorded an Italian cover of the song calling it ‘La Liberta Costa Cara’.

We had a new leader on the weeks count list as Tom Jones edged 1 ahead of The Rolling Stones. He was now on 83 weeks. The Stones had been at the top of the list since the very first chart back in June 1966, sharing the top spot with Cliff Richard for 1 week, Herman’s Hermits for 2 and Tom Jones for 4. Despite falling down the charts, Lucille Starr could smile about clocking up her 30th. She sat 6th highest for weeks by a woman (27th overall). Cliff Richard and Engelbert Humperdinck pulled 1 week clear of Virginia Lee, but their 35 to date could not move them up the hits count list as they remained at 17. The Square Set joined The Bats and The Dream Merchants in 8th place on the local list. They all had 17 weeks to their names.

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